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Reports from Around Campus

Lake Waban in summer

Click for Tranquility

The Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative teamed with Communications and Public Affairs to create Wabancam, a livestream video feed of Lake Waban. As you watch, listen to birdsong and the bubbling of the brook that feeds the lake, recorded earlier this year.

A Fond Farewell

With cheers and warm remarks, the faculty virtually celebrated the contributions of retiring colleagues at its final 2019–20 Academic Council meeting of the year: Beth Hennessey, professor of psychology, who has taught at Wellesley since 1985; Nancy Marshall, senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women and adjunct associate professor of women’s and gender studies, at the College since 1985; and Corri Taylor, senior lecturer in the quantitative reasoning program, at Wellesley since 1998.

(Some Good News)*

  • Larry Rosenwald, Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of American Literature, was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship this spring, one of 175 recipients among 3,000 applicants. “I’ve applied for the Guggenheim five or six times before,” Rosenwald said. “I tried not to be too cast down by past rejections, so now I’m trying not to be too elevated by this present honor. (Not entirely succeeding—I’m still high as a kite.)”
  • The Weissman Foundry—an open-door design studio, or makerspace, located at Babson College for students, faculty, and staff from Babson, Olin College of Engineering, and Wellesley—produced NIH-approved face shields this spring to send to Harbor Health, a nonprofit public health agency in the Boston area.
  • Students and alumnae captured some of the most competitive international fellowships this spring. Cseca Gazzolo ’20 and Yuxi Xia ’20 will have Watsons next year, Gazzolo to travel the world studying ethical commonalities across religious divides and Xia to examine veganism around the globe. Rebecca Turkington ’12 and Thai-Catherine Matthews ’14 were named Gates-Cambridge Scholars, to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge.

*With apologies to John Krasinski


Prof on Zoom: ‘Give me a sec I’m gonna mute myself so I can swear freely.’

By the Numbers /
Semester Gone Remote

Percent of students whose grades were MCRD, MCR, MNCR (mandatory credit with distinction, credit, or noncredit) this semester


Total number of Wellesley-sponsored Zoom classes and meetings between March 30 and May 4


Number of horses who turned up for chemistry class (via Zoom from a student’s ranch in Wyoming)


Number of attendees for Zoom fitness classes conducted by the Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics in spring 2020


Number of Commencement boxes sent by the College to seniors—with graduation stoles, Wellesley champagne flutes, key chains, stickers, and notes of congratulations

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